Davis Cup: Leander Paes is in front a historic feat

France Tennis French Open

Leander Paes is back in India’s Davis Cup squad again. File Pic

XtraTime Web Desk: Legendary Indian tennis player Leander Paes is set to get another chance to get into the history books as All India Tennis Association (AITA) has picked him in the India squad against China in the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I tie which will be played in Tianjin, China, in April.

Paes, who recently reached in to-50 world rankings again, will create history if he manages to register his 43rd win in the Davis Cup against China. He would surpass Italy’s Nicola Pietrangeli.

There was not much surprise in the team selection with singles specialists Yuki Bhambri, Ramnathan Ramkumar and Sumit Nagal was picked on the basis of their superior rankings with Rohan Bopanna completing the line up.

Captain Mahesh Bhupathi had dropped Paes from the team while India faced Uzbekistan last April and that decision shocked the tennis world. A bitter war of words started after the incident. Paes also not considered for the World Group Play -off against Canada.

Paes likely to be named in the contest for the tie against China by All India Tennis Federation (AITA) China has lot more experience in their squad.

Purav Raja has been dropped and World’s 44th ranked player Divij Sharan who has been named as a reserve.

Breaking News:
  • 2018 FIFA WC: Late goals from Neymar and Coutinho helped Brazil to snatch a crucial win over Costa Rica     I am responsible for my team’s result against Iceland: Lionel Messi     2018 FIFA WC: Iceland held Argentina for a 1-1 draw     2018 FIFA WC: France beat Australia 2-1 in their first match     Did not expect the match to get over in two days, says Rahane     India thump Afghanistan by an innings and 262 runs to win the historic one-off Test     2018 FIFA WC: Shocking gesture from Robbie Williams sparks controversy in the opening ceremony     2018 FIFA WC: Mohamed Salah boost for Egypt ahead of facing Uruguay     Ton-up Dhawan put India on top despite a late fightback from Afghanistan     Injury concerns for Dhawan ahead of historic test match against Afghanistan at Chinnaswamy